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Nick Flynn (Author, University of Houston)

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This "stunningly beautiful memoir" (San Francisco Chronicle) is now a major motion picture starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano.

Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger father, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Being Flynn (previously published as Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) tells the story of the trajectory that led Nick and his father onto the streets, into that shelter, and finally to each other.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34149-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 384 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“The prose swirls in graceful arcs that frequently rise to the level of poetry, leavened by mordant humor…A powerful tale, stylishly told.” — Michael Mewshaw, Washington Post

“A potent, distinctive autobiography…Flynn’s talents are considerable—he has a compelling voice and a wry sense of humor, especially about himself.” — Vendela Vida, New York Times Book Review

“Told with energy, critical reflection and sensitivity, Being Flynn [previously published as Another Bullshit Night in Suck City] is less a memoir than a study of one of America’s darker conundrums: homelessness…[It suggests] Lear, Beckett, Faulkner, Genet and forc[es] us to decide which is more painful: a parent’s lost dreams or a child’s lost innocence.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“In a perverse act of divine intervention, a life worth writing about was bestowed on a man actually able to write?in startling, beautiful, unsentimental prose…It is crammed with beauty and wisdom, and everyone will love it.” — Devin Friedman, GQ

“A remarkable feat: a clear-eyed, inventive, and astonishingly honest guided tour of hell.” — Elissa Schappel, Vanity Fair

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